Welp, here's a first ...
A big time college football star is opting out of the 2020 NCAA football season over COVID concerns -- and will prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft instead.
The player is Virginia Tech star Caleb Farley -- one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He made 1st team All-ACC in 2019 after recording 20 tackles, 4 pics and a TD.
But, Farley says he will NOT return to VT for his junior year because quite frankly, he doesn't feel safe with the pandemic still in full swing.
Here is former Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley’a announcement that he is opting out of the college football season to train and turn pro, sent to ESPN: pic.twitter.com/5j4FmQvGKy— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2020
Here is former Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley’a announcement that he is opting out of the college football season to train and turn pro, sent to ESPN: pic.twitter.com/5j4FmQvGKy
"I am opting out due to uncertain health conditions and regulations and all of the other opt outs going on in football right now," Farley said Wednesday in a video statement.
"I tragically lost my mother Robin January 2, 2018 to an illness and I cannot afford to lose another parent or loved one."
The good news for Farley ... some experts already have him slated as a 1st round pick in 2021.
The bad news for Virginia Tech ... it's a big loss for that defense.
In fact, 247Sports ranked Farley as the 16th best player in college football going into the 2021 season.
"Though the competitor in me badly wants to play this season, I cannot ignore what's going on in my heart and I must make the decision that brings me the most peace," Farley added.
"Thank you, Virginia Tech -- my coaches, teammates and anyone else who has supported me in the past."
The question now ... with so much uncertainty surrounding college football -- will other big stars follow suit?!
Stay tuned ...